Des Moines Parks and Recreation New Annual Report Available

2022AnnualReportCover_400x209DES MOINES, IOWAMarch 1, 2022 —
 Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the “2021 Report to the Community” is now available. This report provides a high-level overview of many of the department’s significant accomplishments over the past year. Recreational program participation, facility usage, project information, testimonials and financial data can be found in the extensive summary. 

“Found throughout the pages of the Report to the Community you will see participation numbers, trail counts and numerous data points about our operations,” said Benjamin R. Page, Director, Des Moines Parks and Recreation. “What you won’t see in this publication are the immeasurable impacts – the smiles of kids who just learned to swim, the joy experienced by a mother at her first baby shower, the pride felt by volunteers finishing a project or the high fives between players on a youth soccer team who were able to play because of our scholarship program.”

Highlights from 2021 include:
  • 1,443 shelters and other facilities were rented
  • 1,939 dog park permits were sold
  • 3,268 individuals learned to swim
  • 21,307 hours of service were donated by 2,873 volunteers, valued at $608,115
  • 72,142 visited one of our 5 pools or aquatic centers
  • 109,545 rounds of golf were played at A.H. Blank, Bright Grandview and Waveland Golf Courses
Click here to view or download a copy of the report. 

Benjamin R. Page
Director, Parks and Recreation

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.”  Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 88 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous recreation facilities.  In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environmental education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (, Facebook (, Twitter (@desmoinesparks) or Instagram (